Wellness Room volunteers: We just do it!

For Joanne Kosolofski and Bev Callsen, volunteering is an integral part of their friendship

Wellness Room volunteers: We just do it!  Joan Janzen of The Clarion Joanne Kosolofski describes herself as the instigator in bringing the Wellness Room at the West Central Events Centre into existence. She started working with Heartland Health and managed to have exercise therapists conduct a 12-week program. This was followed by several years of programs being held on the track…

Helping her town be the best it can be

Louise Campbell continues to lend a hand with various organizations, just as she has for decades

Helping her town be the best it can be  Joan Janzen of The Clarion Louise Campbell is not only a long-time resident of Kindersley, but also a long-time volunteer. “I’ve lived in town since 1968; now I’m trying to phase out of volunteering, because of age.” In spite of her efforts to “phase out of volunteering,” I found her at the United Church…

Say yes to opportunity, change and challenge

As entrepreneurs, when we say yes to opportunities that make sense, we become invigorated – and that spurs growth

Say yes to opportunity, change and challengeIn 1988, Louis approached me one day and asked if I would join him in building a business. I knew I was taking a chance but I said yes. By saying yes, I had to turn down an offer from Tom that would have made me three times the income over the short term. There…

What was it like to volunteer for the ’88 Calgary Olympic Games?

There’s so much to gain by volunteering for something that can bring so much good to our community

What was it like to volunteer for the ’88 Calgary Olympic Games?A generation after the 1988 Winter Olympics transformed Calgary, its citizens are debating whether to bid for the 2026 Winter Olympic Games. Calgary council votes on Sept. 10 on whether to keep the process alive, and its citizens will have their say in a plebiscite on Nov. 13. What are the risks and rewards in…

Calling all ghouls, goblins and scary clowns

Shocktober haunted house is having a meeting next week to recruit actors and other volunteers to help out in various ways

Calling all ghouls, goblins and scary clowns  Kenneth Brown of The Clarion The Kindersley Players are raising their Shocktober haunted house from the grave, and the group is having a meeting next week to recruit actors and helpers. Judy Lavoie, a spokesperson for the Kindersley Players, said the group is in need of volunteers to act in Shocktober and to help…

Giving back to the community and its history

Eugene Heit has volunteered at the Kindersley Plains Museum for the past 16 years and puts in 2,000 hours a year

Giving back to the community and its history  Joan Janzen for The Clarion It’s obvious that volunteer Eugene Heit takes much pride in the work he does and has done at the Kindersley Plains Museum for the past 16 years. Eugene volunteers 2,000 hours a year at the museum, the equivalent of full-time employment. “I enjoy coming out here and giving back…

iKids Camp: where kids can be kids

Thanks to a dedicated group of volunteers, this year’s camp offers numerous activities – from art, sports, crafts, a wet and wild day, and a talent show – captured on video for the parents

iKids Camp: where kids can be kidsJoan Janzen of The Clarion Kids have been heading to iKids Camp every week day in July in the Kindersley Christian Fellowship building on Highway 7 East. The non-profit organization called iKids is directed by Chantal McDougall, who says her greatest challenge is keeping the kids from being bored, but that same challenge is what…

Legion serves community and beyond

Meetings are on the first Wednesday of each month at the Legion Hall at 7:30 p.m. The branch welcomes new members and those who want to find out more

Legion serves community and beyondKenneth Brown of The Clarion The Kindersley branch of the Royal Canadian Legion has been a fixture in town for several decades and its members continue to be active in the community. There are several ways to support a community, and joining a service club or fraternal organization is one way to give back. Membership…

Championing the human spirit in dispiriting times

The human spirit has evolved over several hundred thousand years and will survive Trump's crude behaviour

Championing the human spirit in dispiriting timesMore and more, Newton’s third law makes sense in my volunteer life: For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. For many of us, these are dispiriting times. Trade wars, trashing of environmental regulations, insulting of long-term allies, and validation of racist and crude behaviours emanating from our American neighbours aren’t the norm…

Gathering teddies for comfort

Local family spearheads effort to raise funds to comfort sick children in hospital

Gathering teddies for comfortKeagan Brown Student Reporter Teddy Bears Anonymous (TBA) raises funds for bears to give to sick kids in hospitals or ambulances in Saskatchewan. The organization was started by Luke Lawrence of Regina, in memory of his daughter and is run 100 per cent by volunteers and donations. The program is in 11 hospitals and 20…

Special Olympians earn medals at bowling tournament

Athletes from the area are also involved in track and field, snowshoeing and bocce. And there’s room for more activities, depending on volunteers

Special Olympians earn medals at bowling tournamentKevin McBain of The Clarion The competitive season for athletes who are part of the Kindersley and District Special Olympics organization is winding down. In their most recent action, several athletes attended the annual Bob Pedde five-pin bowling championships in Saskatoon and came back with several awards. The event held April 28 and 29 featured…

Young people have as much to teach as they do to learn

Three ways to get youth involved in community building – for a better Canada

Young people have as much to teach as they do to learnBy Sen. Art Eggleton and Sen. Raymonde Saint-Germain In recent years, Canada has seen a spike in youth engagement in the volunteer sector. That’s very good news. This has largely come about because of high school programs that require a minimum number of volunteer hours to graduate. The idea is that youth have plenty to…

Kindersley volunteer to receive medal in Regina

Audrey Heit is one of 10 citizens receiving a Saskatchewan Volunteer Medal from the lieutenant-governor

Kindersley volunteer to receive medal in ReginaKenneth Brown of The Clarion Local volunteer Audrey Heit has spent a lifetime helping out in various ways, and she is about to receive a special honour to be recognized for her contributions. Heit, 76, is one of 10 Saskatchewan citizens receiving a Saskatchewan Volunteer Medal (SVM) later in April. Heit is part of the…

New Kindersley service club up and running

Royal Purple Society looking for more members. The club is dedicated to community service with special emphasis on children

New Kindersley service club up and runningKenneth Brown of The Clarion A group of citizens has come together to start a new Royal Purple Society lodge in Kindersley. Darlene May, president of the Kindersley Royal Purple Lodge, said the club was instituted on Sept. 19 and the club’s first meeting was held on Sept. 26. Only five members are needed to…

Kindersley firefighters honoured at annual banquet

Fire Chief Ron Hope said the department’s 20 members responded to 150 calls in 365 days spread out over an area of more than 3,800 square kilometres

Kindersley firefighters honoured at annual banquetKenneth Brown of The Clarion The community’s firefighters and their significant others were honoured at an annual banquet, with several members receiving service awards and other gifts. Members of the Kindersley Fire & Rescue Brigade and guests gathered at the Elks Hall on Feb. 3 for their annual Firefighters’ Banquet. The banquet included a catered…